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Mocha biscuit cake

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, Mar 10th, 2016

mocha

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Makes: 10 servings

 

Ingredients

  • 350-g pkg shortcake biscuits, preferably Peak Freans, coarsely crumbled
  • 300-g pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips, about 1 3/4 cups
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup golden corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp flaked sea salt, such as Maldon
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tsp refined coconut oil

Directions

  1. WRAP the base of an 8-in. springform pan with plastic wrap. Spray inside band with oil, then line with plastic wrap, pressing to adhere to pan. Assemble pan, inserting the base, lip-side down.
  2. RESERVE 1/4 cup crumbled biscuits. Place remaining crumbled biscuits in a medium bowl.
  3. FILL a large pot with water, to about 1 in. deep. Boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Combine semi-sweet chocolate with butter, corn syrup and espresso powder in a large metal bowl. Set over simmering water. Stir until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbled biscuits and salt. Scrape mixture into prepared pan, smoothing top. Cover surface with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, 2 hours.
  4. RELEASE biscuit cake from pan. Remove base. Transfer cake to a cake stand. Microwave milk chocolate with coconut oil in a small bowl, 1 min. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over top of cake. Sprinkle with reserved 1/4 cup crumbled biscuits. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, 20 min.
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How to make your own spiced pumpkin lattes

Chatelaine | posted Saturday, Sep 26th, 2015

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Pumpkin lattes are back in coffee shops, and while they’re a comforting, delicious treat—making them a regular habit definitely puts a dent in your wallet. So we came up with two DIY versions: your standard pumpkin spice latte, and a spiced pumpkin mocha latte.

These recipes call for a shot of espresso, but if you don’t have an espresso maker, you can buy instant espresso, or brew a cup of double-strength coffee and add it gradually, tasting as you go, until it has the flavour you like. I use whole milk here because it adds richness to the drink, but any milk can be used. A single tablespoon of sugar balances the milk and pumpkin very nicely—but adjust to your desired sweetness (another perk of making it at home!).

espresso pouring into large mug

Spicy pumpkin latte

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp pure pumpkin purée
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • a few drops vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 tbsp sweetened whipped cream
  • a pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  • COMBINE pumpkin with the sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in a small pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the pumpkin begins to sizzle and the spices are fragrant, 1 to 2 min. Gradually whisk in milk until combined. Let mixture cook until steam begins to come off the top of the milk and bubbles form at the edge of the pot, about 2 more min. Remove from heat.
  • BREW an espresso shot into a mug. Pour in milk mixture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

For our bonus flavour: Chocolate and pumpkin are an unexpected and totally delicious combination! (Chatelainenailed the pumpkin-chocolate combo with these pumpkin and chocolate cheesecake bars, the inspiration for a spin-off from the spicy pumpkin latte.) Introducing our spicy pumpkin mocha!

Spiced pumpkin mocha

  • 1 tbsp pure pumpkin purée
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder, plus more for garnish
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • a few drops vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp whipped cream

Instructions

  • COMBINE the pumpkin with the sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cocoa powder and vanilla in a small pot over medium heat. Cook until the pumpkin begins to sizzle and the spices are fragrant, 1 to 2 min. Gradually whisk in milk until combined. Let mixture cook until steam begins to come off the top of the milk and bubbles form at the edge of the pot, about 2 more min. Remove from heat.
  • BREW an espresso shot into a mug. Pour in milk mixture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa.
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